Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, was joined by elected officials and stakeholders from throughout Missouri as she hosted a Columbia roundtable on the importance of defense to the state and ways to highlight our missions in the event of a future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.
“When President Obama and the Department of Defense proposed a new round of BRAC in their 2013 and 2014 budgets I felt it was imperative that stakeholders in defense communities across our state be proactive in addressing this concern,” said Hartzler. “As a member of the House Armed Services Committee I was able, along with my Missouri Senate colleagues – Senator Roy Blunt and Senator Claire McCaskill – to help squelch the BRAC proposal. But that may not always be the case in the future. With two major military installations in my district – Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base – I feel it is important to bring together state and local officials as well as business and community leaders from throughout the Fourth District and the entire state to discuss strategy in the event of a BRAC round.”
“A valuable part of this roundtable was a presentation of an Economic Impact Study on the importance of defense to Missouri,” added Hartzler. “I thank the presenters and all who attended this meeting. It showed what a huge impact defense has on the economy of our state. National defense is not a partisan issue. We must work together to prepare our state for the possibility of any BRAC affecting our military installations and defense communities so that we can better articulate why our missions are vital and why new missions should come to our state. While we don’t think a BRAC is in the interests of our country now, if it should come, we will be in a stronger position thanks to our joint efforts.”
Congresswoman Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District – home to Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base.